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Old 09-22-2014, 12:29 AM
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Crankshaft length

I'm looking at two different engines. My crank size is a 1 1/8 x 4 5/16. My question is, the engine I'm looking at is a 4 3/8, which is literally as close to no difference as it comes. Will this crank need to be cut down or should I be okay with that extra bit of length. I know I could probably small washers underneath the engine / above the frame to make up that little difference, right? Anyone ever installed an engine with a crank size that was slightly larger. I found a replacement Kawasaki with a 4 5/16 crank, but it's a 22 hp. I currently have a 23 hp Kawi and am leaning towards a 24 HP Kohler. Just need some light shed on this crank size dilemma!
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:35 AM
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Close enough. You're talking about a 16th of an inch. No washers, you want it flat on the frame. If you stick with Kawi things are more likely to hook up straight away. 1hp won't be felt either way.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:41 AM
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Close enough. You're talking about a 16th of an inch. No washers, you want it flat on the frame. If you stick with Kawi things are more likely to hook up straight away. 1hp won't be felt either way.
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That was my thinking too. There's a big price jump from the FS to the FX series. The Kohler and Kawasaki FS I'm looking at a $20.00 difference. Kawi looks like a direct plug in. From my understanding everything on the FS is the same as the FX except the Filtration system, so I think that FS with 1 less horse should do me justice as long as I keep that filter clean.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:42 AM
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I can't seem to pull up any muffler for an FS 651V though. Are these things suppose to be a pain in the rear to find? Wondering if I could use the muffler on my FH and have the muffler shop make something to hook it up if need be.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:51 AM
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Not familiar with the muffler but yes if it doesn't bolt over any muffler shop can rework it in a pinch.
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:53 AM
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Not familiar with the muffler but yes if it doesn't bolt over any muffler shop can rework it in a pinch.
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Thank you for the words! I think the Kawasaki looks like it might be much easier to set-up. The wiring looks the exact same as my FH.
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Old 09-24-2014, 01:59 PM
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Update; new Kawasaki engine on the way. I'll update with pictures along the way. Now I just have to go about getting a new PTO clutch for the thing. Soddered my old one, and broke once again when pulling it off. Rather then repairing a 8+ year old clutch and putting it on a brand new engine, I'm going to be putting a brand new PTO clutch on there.

My only concern is John Deere uses a solenoid on the starter and I believe the Kawasaki engine I ordered has a bendix style starter with no solenoid. So we'll see how that goes when the time comes.
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